SafeDisc 2

SafeDisk 2 is one of the latest CD Protections to come from the Macrovision Corporation and works a lot more effectively than SafeDisc did.  The SafeDisc 2 protection was first encountered on Red Alert 2. With little effect with SafeDisc 1 on commercial pirating and increased features with new CD Writers the Macrovision Corporation had to make a better CD Protection so they came up with SafeDisc 2.  The SafeDisc 2 protection uses "weak sectors" containing a regular bit pattern, so all this data can be read fine by a CD writer, but when it comes to writing the protected CD image it presents the burner with all these "weak sectors" which many burners don't like to burn. A writer has to produce the same bit patterns as they appear on the original CD. A lot of the older burners don't have any functions that can support the burning of "weak sectors" so it is important to have a fairly newer burner if you are going to attempt to burn a game with this protection on it. For more information visit the SafeDisc 2 website.

Detection Of The Protection

The following files should exist on the original CD:



The loader file (<GAME>.EXE) is now integrated into the main executable, making the <GAME>.ICD file obsolete. Also the CLOKSPL.EXE file, which was present in SafeDisc v1, does not exist anymore. This can make it a little more difficult to detect.

You can use one of the many protection detection tools from our Game Copy Protection Identifying Tools page to identify whether the protection is being used on your game.

Burning/Backup Solution

There are several different methods you can use to successfully burn/backup your game, as follows:

You can use CloneCD to successfully burn the game. Use ClonyXXL to scan the game, it will then tell you what protection is being used on the game (SafeDisc 2) and the correct settings to use in CloneCD to successfully backup the game. You can also use Alcoholer protection scanner and Alcohol 120% burning software. Use Alcoholer to scan the game, it will then tell you what protection is being used on the game (SafeDisc 2) and the correct settings to use in Alcohol 120% to successfully backup the game. BlindWrite can also successfully burn a game with this protection on it. You can also use Daemon Tools to emulate the game and the protection. *Remember, if you experience problems with burning the game at high speeds, (2 speed +) (both the read and write process), then burn the game at lower speeds such as 2 speed and under (both read and write process). A lot of the time burning the game at slow speeds will solve problems of the install not working, or the burner not bypassing the CD's protection.

You can also use UnSafeDisc 2  and/or SafeDisc 2 Cleaner which are tools used to unwrap a SafeDisc 2 protected file by permanently removing the protection from the games exe and dll files. Just simply run the program select the games exe file and it will permanently remove the SafeDisc 2 protections in it.